It has been a whirlwind of activity for UConn cornerback Byron Jones (New Britain, Conn.) since he was picked by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday, April 30.
Jones, who was the 27th overall pick of the NFL Draft, was invited and attended the draft in Chicago and the night was full of suspense, but then after the pick it was full of media and NFL obligations, such as appearances on ESPN and the NFL Network that went deep into the night and the early morning.
The following day, Friday, May 1, he did a quick teleconference with the Connecticut media, before boarding a plan to his new home -- the Dallas and North Texas area. When he arrived in there, it was again time for appearances and media interviews.
The real work began over the weekend of May 9-10 as Cowboy rookie minicamp was held with four practices over two days.
Todd Archer of ESPN.com wrote: "First-round pick Byron Jones looks the part. He is a smooth athlete but he also had a moment in which he used his football smarts. Playing in coverage on the outside he had his eyes on the quarterback and was able to break on a ball thrown inside. Later he broke up a slant to Farmer as the result of a quick break on a Showers' throw."
Prior to being drafted, Jones set an NFL Combine record in the broad jump with a long leap of 12 feet, three inches in February. Not only was that a combine record, it also topped the official world record in that track event. The world record is held by Norwegian Arne Tvervaag, who jumped 3.71 meters (12 feet, two inches) on November 11, 1968.
Jones also impressed the NFL personnel at the Combine with a vertical jump of 44.5 inches.
Jones made 37 starts in 43 career games at UConn and started the first seven games of his senior season before having season-ending surgery. He had 223 career tackles with eight career interceptions.
See the photo gallery above for a look at Jones' first trip to North Texas as a Cowboy.